Loddon Valley Link



Welcome to the October edition of the Loddon Valley Link.

The Sherfield Show took place on 1st September and was as ever a great success. There is a four-page report (pp. 26-29) where you can see lots of pictures and a full listing of the trophy winners by class. We just need a few more entries next year, so now is the time to look at the list of classes and have a think about which you might enter. As the Show Secretary Natalie Larner says, it is a lovely annual village event. Talking of Natalie, the village really owes her an immense debt of gratitude. She is stepping down after twenty-five years on the Show Committee and ten years as Show Secretary, in which role she has organised, encouraged and cajoled with great commitment. We wish her a well-earned rest.

oct19 contentsOn p. 20 we have another interesting feature from our new editor, Chiara Zamin, on the regular jazz nights at the Four Horseshoes in Sherfield on Loddon, and in particular the recent gig by the band Equinox. The article includes a fascinating interview with the band's tenor saxophonist Peter Bingham, in which he talks about the band, their background, their regular slots at the 'Shoes, and some of the guests who have played with them. We want to run more feature articles to make the Link a more interesting read, so if you have any suggestions or requests for articles let us know.

Former St Leonard's parishioner Abigail Burkett has sent us an update on the Honeycomb Hub, the family centre in Botswana she runs with her sister (p 33). We have not heard from her for some time because she has been so busy; the centre seems to go from strength to strength with plenty of activities going on. I was particularly pleased to come across some rave reviews of it on TripAdvisor.

Among our regular features North Hampshire MP Ranil Jayawardena writes about new government spending plans for schools (p. 14).

There are many autumn community events coming up. A notable one is of course the annual Remembrance Day commemoration will take place, and the village will need poppy distributors from the end of October (see p. 15).

This month's cover picture was taken by Lydia Rees (a prizewinner in this year’s Cover Photo Competition).




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